Arkansas State’s women applied a dim touch to the first home soccer match under the lights for the University of Central Arkansas women on Friday night at the Bill Stephens Complex.
Before a school record soccer crowd of 622, the Red Wolves took a 3-2 victory, the first defeat in three games for the Bears.
In the first ever night game played at the Bill Stephens Track and Field Complex, the Central Arkansas women’s soccer team lost to Arkansas State by a score of 3-2 in front of the record setting crowd.
“The level of support we saw tonight is awesome,” said UCA coach Jeremy Bishop. “We love having a crowd like that. I feel like it took a bit away from our preparation because we were focused on the ceremony instead of preparing for the game. I feel like we got complacent today. We were feeling pretty good after opening weekend, and kind of expected to cruise tonight, and after they got back even with us, we were unable to get back on top. We created a lot of chances, but were unable to create quality chances.”
Adriana Lucar scored for the Bears (2-1) in the 10th minute, then ASU tied it up on an own goal by UCA. Lucar scored again in the 16th minute, but the Red Wolves (1-1-1) tied it in the 20th minute. They took the lead in the 46th minute on a goal by Christina Fink fron 12 yards out.
After the match, head coach Jeremy Bishop spoke about the record-setting crowd and his team’s performance:
The Bears return to the field Friday night, playing the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s soccer team. The women’s team plays Missouri State at 5 p.m. while the men’s program faces Oral Roberts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bears again play in a doubleheader with men’s team with both teams playing afternoon games aginst UMKC.
HENDRIX WOMEN’S SOCCER
TYLER, Texas — The Hendrix College women’s soccer team opened the 2013 campaign with a 3-0 loss at the University of Texas Tyler on the road Friday night.
The host Patriots outshot the Warriors) 27-4 for the game, including 12-2 in shots on goal.
The game was scoreless at the half, but Brittany Matthews broke the tie with a goal on a pass from Jordan Johnson just 54 seconds into the second period. Melissa Miller added a goal in the 63rd minute and Johnson scored in the 70th.
Sophomore forward Hannah Sigda took both shots on goal for Hendrix. Sophomore midfielder Samantha Lallas and freshman defender Ashley Baker also took a shot each. Sophomore Rachel Zweig recorded nine saves in goal. Macy Hurley had two saves for UTT.
Hendrix will return home on Saturday when it faces Louisiana College at 5 p.m. at Warrior Field.
HENDRIX MEN’S SOCCER
Sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce scored a goal and sophomore keeper Marco Luna stopped four shots, including a penalty kick, to help the Hendrix College men’s soccer team to a 1-0 shutout of Westminster College in the 2013 opener at Warrior Field on Friday night.
Pierce, from Fulton, Mo., took five shots, with two on goal, and found the net on a direct kick after a foul in the 38th minute to give the Warriors (1-0) the victory
Luna, of Guatemala City, recorded a beautiful save on Blue Jays’ (0-1) Michael McDonough penalty kick in the 19th minute. The shutout was the eighth of Luna’s career, one off Kyle Beene’s (2004-07) Hendrix career record of nine.
Hendrix will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to take on Washington University on Sunday night.
The Hendrix College volleyball opened the 2013 campaign by winning two matches on the first day of the Hendrix Labor Day Invitational at Grove Gymnasium on Friday. The Warriors (2-0) started by sweeping Philander Smith College 25-22, 25-21, 25-20, then downed LeTourneau University 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23.
Against the Lady Panthers (0-4) in the opener, the Warriors hit .272 with 43 kills, 12 service aces, 35 digs and five total blocks. Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers led the offense with 13 kills and hit .348, while senior outside Katie Burchfield had 12 kills and .417 with six digs. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 20 assists and three aces. Sophomore Jill Sikes led Hendrix with six aces and eight digs.
In the nightcap, Hendrix hit .268 with 59 kills, eight aces, 69 digs and five blocks. The Lady Jackets (1-1) hit .167 with 41 kills, nine aces, 65 digs and three blocks.
Burchfield hit .395 with 17 kills and 13 digs for the 12th double-double of her career. Rogers posted 12 kills and three total blocks and freshman middle blocker Jen Karnes hit .611 with 11 kills and no errors on 18 attempts. Freshman right side hitter Natalie Msten also added 11 kills. Junior libero Ella Concavage-Nasar came up with 23 digs and four aces and senior setter Zoe Calhoun had 32 assists.